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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Smith is Panelist at 2003 Charles Fowler Colloquium

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University Communication and Theatre Arts associate professor Robert Smith recently participated in the 2003 Charles Fowler Colloquium on Innovation in Arts Education at the University of Maryland.

The sixth in a biennial series, the 2003 colloquium focused on “Cultures in Counterpoint: The Arts as Intercultural Dialogue.” Smith participated in panel discussions with other art, music and performance educators throughout Maryland.

Speakers joining Smith and other panel members at the colloquium included Benjamin Barber, the Gershon and Carol Kest Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland and a principal of the Democracy Collaborative; Nancy Cantor, chancellor of the University of Illinous; James A. Banks, the Russell F. Stark University Professor in Curriculum and Instruction and director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington; and Joyce Scott, a Baltimore visual performance artist.

Topics covered included “What are the characteristics of cultural coexistence that we aspire to in today’s world?” “How can arts education best contribute to the development of intercultural dialogue?” and “How can arts experiences move students from fear and suspicion to trust, confusion to hope, unease with difference to comfort with it, antagonistic thinking to positive action and ignorance to understanding?”

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